The Big Question: Can the young wide receivers contribute right away?
Second-round pick Aaron Dobson has insane physical skills, but he's raw. Fourth-round pick Josh Boyce is coming off a foot injury. Tom Brady needs one of these guys, if not both, to contribute now. The Patriots are very thin at wide receiver, with Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Donald Jones comprising a weak top-three on the depth chart. Wide receiver is not an easy position to learn at the NFL level. The Patriots know that better than most teams, but they will look to at least one of their rookies to produce.
Boyce may be the better bet to catch on quickly because of his short-area quickness, possibly playing out of the slot. Dobson will play on the outside.
- Second-round pick Jamie Collins has a chance to play a big role immediately as a situational pass rusher.